Iran is a land rich in culture and tradition, and its festivals are vibrant and diverse. Let’s explore some of the most significant celebrations that showcase the beauty of Iran’s customs and festivities.


Nowruz, the ancient festival marking the start of spring and the Iranian New Year, brings families together on March 21. Gathering to celebrate, they visit one another, share wishes, and set up a Haft-Seen table adorned with seven symbolic items representing blessings and gratitude for nature’s gifts.


Sizdah Bedar, celebrated on the 13th day of Nowruz, symbolizes a fresh beginning and is a day of joy and solidarity. Iranians celebrate amidst the breathtaking beauty of nature, rejoicing in the arrival of the next twelve months.


Mehregan, known as the Festival of Mehr (or Mithra), is filled with thanksgiving and an opportunity to express love and appreciation for one another. It’s a time to come together, creating cherished memories with family and friends.


During mid-winter, Jashn-e Sade honors fire and aims to bring warmth by “defeating the forces of darkness, frost, and cold.” Gathering around the fires, people welcome the revival of the sun and eagerly await the arrival of summer.


Shab-e Yalda, also known as “The Turning Point,” signifies the end of the longest night and the triumph of good over evil. Celebrated with joy and anticipation, this night is filled with indulging in watermelon, pomegranate, dried fruits, and nuts.


Sepandarmazgan, a day filled with love, friendship, and reverence for the Earth, allows us to appreciate the beauty of ancient Persian traditions. It reminds us to cherish the connections we have with one another and the world around us.


Chaharshanbe Suri, the Festival of Fire, is a vibrant celebration that takes place on the last Wednesday night of the Iranian calendar year. Lighting bonfires, Iranians come together to bid farewell to the old year and warmly welcome the new one.


These festivals offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Iranian culture, blending ancient traditions with joyous celebrations. As we explore the diverse festivities of Iran, we can truly appreciate the profound beauty and significance they hold in preserving the country’s heritage.

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